A cross-the-board look at Kazakhstan’s economic turnaround in 2017 and beyond as the country powers ahead with its ambitious reform agenda.
Global Risk Insights
The failure of IBA highlights Azerbaijan’s exposure to interconnected risk in the financial and energy sectors.
Festering tensions between Egypt and Sudan are spreading instability as territorial disputes spillover into economic and political matters. The type of rhetoric involved as well as the authoritarian nature of the regimes involved heightens the risk for brinkmanship and increases the possibility of a border clash going forward.
Traditional Chinese medicine provides China a surprisingly robust soft power tool in Africa, as Beijing increasingly exports medical expertise while also increasingly sourcing ingredients from Africa to meet domestic demand.
Global Risk Insights
Sri Lanka is being courted (and courting in turn) by various major powers, each seeking a stake in developing Sri Lanka’s strategic location midway between the Middle East and the Straits of Malacca. While opportunities present themselves, all this attention also comes with its own set of complications.
Since 2008, East Timor has also been named the most democratic nation in South East Asia by the Economist. Such credentials would appear to indicate clear sailing, yet there are growing political risks that need to be addressed if long-term stability is to be realized.
While the United Airlines scandal is playing out in the United States, it has become an equally compelling topic in Asia, highlighting the transnational public-image risks facing companies today.
Tajikistan, the world’s leading exporter of suicide bombers to ISIS has the potential to become the next terrorist hotspot as a host of factors converge to put the small Central Asian nation at serious risk.
Sustainability issues have long been regarded as an afterthought, or as a plugin tacked onto a wider business model. Approaching sustainability with such a mindset is a recipe for disaster, as sustainability has become a core requirement in all aspects of business planning.
Sri Lanka’s ongoing drought is not only a humanitarian crisis, but also an economic one, as the country’s economy suffers on multiple fronts.
Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy handily won the 2015 elections, yet internal party discord, ethnic parties and the ousted Union Solidarity and Development Party will all present challenges come April 1st.
The Indian Economist
The boom in sandalwood prices is creating opportunities in Australia, India and beyond but high prices are also driving a boom in crime as well.